School of Music

Lyudmila Abbasova

Mila Abbasova's Bio


Dr. James Barger

Assistant Professor of Saxophone

"Decide. Commit. Strive. Adjust. Achieve. Rinse. Repeat."
Dr. James Barger's Bio


Dr. Mark Bartley

Lilith Brainard Professor of Music
Director, Orchestral Activities
Associate Director, School of Music

"If you work hard, you will be successful here."
Dr. Bartley' Bio


Sarah Beckham-Turner

Assistant Professor

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try." - Beverly Sills
Sarah Beckham-Turner's Bio


Helen Blackburn

Franklin Chair in Music Assistant Lecturer in Flute

"Do or do not…there is no try." Yoda
Helen Blackburn's Bio


Dr. Benjamin J. Brooks

Professor of Theory & Composition
Graduate Advisor, School of Music

"Aim to hit."
Dr. Brooks' Bio


Dr. Tina Carpenter

Professor of Music

"Music is one of the most expressive and creative art forms. To be able to share this love of music in the classroom, as well as in the concert hall, is one of my greatest joys."
Dr. Carpenter's Bio


Steven Dolezal

Instructor of Music

"Indecision is the death of good art." Joe Chiccarelli
Steven Dolezal's Bio


Dr. Robert Hansen

Regents Professor of Music Director, School of Music

"Teaching voice combines the joy of making music and using the voice to express human emotion with the fascination of watching the science of acoustics and natural physical function at work. The opportunity of working one-on-one with a student creates a bond that goes beyond the immediate learning task to a genuine personal relationship between teacher and student."
Robert Hansen's Bio


Dr. Kimberly Beck Hieb

Assistant Professor

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning." – Plato
Dr. Hieb's Bio


Rossitza Jekova-Goza, DMA

Harrington Lecturer in Violin
Dr. Goza's Bio


Dr. Edward Kahler

Associate Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Professor of Music

"Music Therapy is a healthcare profession, and it is very rewarding to watch students develop both musically and clinically. It is exciting to see them begin to use music as a therapeutic agent with a variety of client populations."
Dr. Kahler's Bio


Dr. Robert Krause

Professor of Oboe

"Working in the music department at West Texas A&M University allows me to share with the students my two passions: 1) Music—the universal language and threshold to the soul, and 2) teaching—the wonderfully endless journey of sharing and learning."
Dr. Krause's Bio


Dr. Cloyce Kuhnert

Professor of Music

"Teaching voice gives me the opportunity to work one-on-one with students. I get to know them and see their progress throughout the semester. Singing is such a personal endeavor that our work with students is geared directly to the students' ability and interest. There are very few disciplines that work so closely with individual students."
Dr. Kuhnert's Bio


Donald Lefevre

Associate Professor of Music

"It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts." – Ella Fitgerald
Donald Lefevre's Bio


Dr. Jeremy Lewis

Associate Professor of Low Brass

"Without music life would be a mistake." – Friedrich Wilhelm Neitzsche
Jeremy Lewis' Bio


Emmanuel Lopez

Periman Distinguished Artist, Harrington Lecturer in Cello

"The aspect of teaching I enjoy the most is being able to develop my students' minds both musically and intellectually. I want to educate strong minds who will in turn successfully educate the next generation of teachers and useful citizens. It is only through education that we can confront the challenges our society will face in the future, and I believe I can help to achieve that through my teaching music at West Texas A&M University."
Emmanuel Lopez's Bio


Dr. Guglielmo Manfredi

Professor of French Horn

"Play with a cool mind and a warm heart."
Guglielmo Manfredi's Bio


Dr. Christopher Meerdink

Associate Professor of Voice
Dr. Meerdink's Bio


Dr. Choong-Ha Nam

Professor of Music
Dr. Nam's Bio


Matthew Oglesby

Associate Lecturer in Voice

"Be diligent in your pursuits and intentional in your actions and success will follow. Your weaknesses are only road maps to strength. They point out where to go, what to change and the path to the next point in your pursuit of a destination."
Matthew Oglesby's Bio


Dr. Sean Pullen

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Pullen's Bio

Dr. Sarah Rushing, NCTM

Assistant Professor of Piano
Dr. Rushing's Bio


Dr. Nicholas Scales

Associate Professor of Double Bass

A bad day on bass is better than the best day on cello!" – Gary Karr
Nicholas Scales' Bio


Dr. John G. Shanks

Assistant Professor of Music

If you know the Way broadly you will see it in everything. Men must polish their particular Way." – Miyamoto Musashi
Dr. Shanks' Bio


Douglas Storey

Associate Professor of Music

"I love working individually with students. Each person brings a unique set of goals and expectations, and it's my responsibility to help them achieve these professional benchmarks." 
Douglas Storey's Bio


Dr. William Takacs

Professor of Music

"The best thing about working at West Texas A&M University is the amazing people you interact with every day."
Dr. Takacs' Bio


Dr. Susan Martin Tariq

Professor of Music

"The best thing about teaching at West Texas A&M University has been the opportunity to meet so many friendly, caring people—from administrators to faculty to staff to students. It is very rare to walk into an office on our campus and not be greeted with a smile and a helpful attitude."
Dr. Tariq's Bio


Dr. Russell Teweleit

Professor of Music

"At WTAMU, music majors study with an expert in the field, not a graduate student or an adjunct faculty member. Our students work closely with an experienced and cohesive faculty who is focused on preparing them for their chosen profession."
Dr. Teweleit's Bio


Vesselin Todorov

Harrington Lecturer in Viola
Vesselin Todorov's Bio


Evgeny Zvonnikov

Harrington Lecturer in Violin
Evgeny Zvonnikov's Bio